Michael Linquata (BSBA, HDCS ’84) was awarded the Legion d’Honneur Medal on August 21, 2014 in Gloucester, MA. This award is for U.S. veterans who risked their lives during WWII to fight on French territory. The Consul General of France in Boston presented Michael with his medal. Jack McCarthy (BSBA ’49) and Fiore Masse (BSBA ’50) attended the ceremony to support their good friend, Michael.
Gerard Devlin (BA) was elected vice president of the Marine Corps League’s Foundation at the annual Midwinter Convention of the Marine Corps League in Falls Church, VA. The Marine Corps League Foundation provides financial assistance to active duty Marine Veterans and their families.
“Retired in 2010 from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Critical Care department,” reports Alvin Denenberg (AB). “I volunteer at Cincinnati Zoo, Sierra Club, Hamilton County Parks and University of Cincinnati OLLI program for retiree classes where I am a “senior student” taking classes and on a planning committee. Is anyone who graduated from the Biology or Chemistry department in ’66 looking forward to their 50th reunion in 2016?”
“I spent 3 days on Monhegan Island, ME, and met with Don Stone,” writes George Schubert (Diploma). “Don was a watercolor instructor for a number of years starting in 1963. Don is a very well known and respected fine artist and has a studio in Exeter, NH where he lives in the winter months. Don taught at several art schools in Boston. Mr. Stone is 80 years old and has the sharp wit and warm personality he always had.”
Dennis Walczewski (BS), former alumni trustee, was elected president of the Cape Cod and Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Along with doctor Jack Driscoll BS ’65, he has been active introducing STEM to Scouts and non-Scouts. Last year, more than 300 individuals including Suffolk students majoring in the sciences took part in the program that featured two astronauts. The theme this year is Ocean Discovery: Great White Sharks to Deep Ocean Exploration.
Don Archambeault (BS) wrote, “It is always a good time to reflect back on my days at Suffolk and how my education prepared me for my future work life. I can’t be thankful enough for the high quality of education that I received during that time including life’s experience living in the great City of Boston.” To students and alumni, Don wrote, “Best wishes in life always.”
In December 2014, Margaret Fichera (BSBA) was recognized for 15 years of service to the Greater Boston Association of Realtors.
Susanne Meyer-Fitzsimmons (DIP) has been shifting to a career as an author, blogger, gentle activist and speaker on all things holistic and green living after completing her master’s in liberal studies in 2012. She has not completely abandoned her love of design and architecture, however. Over the past three years, she and her husband designed and oversaw the construction of their contemporary net zero energy house in Warwick, NY, which was featured on the National Solar House Tour in October 2014. Susanne is currently writing the last few chapters of Heal Yourself to Heal the Planet, which she hopes to publish this year.
Maria Pappas (DIP), principal of Pappas Design, recently joined the newly formed Suffolk Women in Leadership Network, designing a mark and marketing materials for this exciting new endeavor. Women in Leadership seeks to empower and advocate for female students through professional and personal development. A key component of its mission is establishing mentoring relationships between students and alumnae. Please consider joining and help build the legacy of women at Suffolk University. Contact Tramaine Weekes Director of Professional Success, Alumni Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nique Fajors (BSBA) is CEO and co-founder of One Spear Entertainment, a mobile game publisher based in San Francisco. Their most recent game launch is ShaqDown 2 starring Shaquille O’Neal, Jet Li and Muhammad Ali. Nique and his wife have three children.
On February 25, 2014, Dave Phile (BFA) married his long term partner Lou Maroulis at District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington DC. His great nephew Dylan was the ring bearer.
Abdurrahman Cakar (BSBA) and his wife Chiara had their second child, Samuel, whom they named after Samuel Adams “because they met and fell in love in Boston at Suffolk University.”
“In January, I was named the Deputy Treasurer and Executive Director of the Office for Economic Empowerment by Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg,” writes Alayna Van Tassel (BS). “This is a new office that oversees a broad range of initiatives to enhance economic stability and security.”
Jennifer (McKenney) Simoneau (BA) is now employed in the legal department of Santander Bank in Boston.
April 20, 2015 was a big day for Siobhan Daly (BSBA) who ran in her first Boston Marathon. The 33 year-old Weymouth, MA resident is a member of the six-member Zoo New England Boston Marathon Team. Daly committed to raising $7,500 to support Zoo New England through her Marathon run. After the birth of her last child, she suffered from post-partum depression and her weight climbed. “One day, I had just enough and decided that I needed to show my children how to live a healthier lifestyle,” Daly explains. “Running has been such a turning point in my life. I never thought running the Boston Marathon would be attainable. Now I know I can do it.”
Andrea Simmons (Peckham) has been hired as the principal of The Friendship School, a pre-kindergarten through kindergarten magnet school in Waterford, CT.
Andrew H. Howard (BS) was recently promoted to Commercial Loan Officer at Middlesex Savings Bank. He joined Middlesex in 2012 as a business loan underwriter in the community business banking department. He is a Norfolk, MA native who currently resides in Westford, MA with his wife and daughter and is involved with the United Way, Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce and Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce.
“I wanted to reach out and let you know that my wife and I were elected as Worcester County Register of Probate and State Senator, respectively,” reports Ryan Fattman (BS). Senator Fattman’s wife Stephanie is a 3L at Suffolk University Law School.
“I got engaged, received my MBA from Boston College and won “Civilian of the Year for 2014” at Hanscom Air Force Base – all very special, BIG days for me,” writes Shannon Murphy (BSBA). “It began with my fiancée’s proposal in August (2014) on Lake Winnipesaukee. I’m not easily surprised, but he pulled off the most romantic and perfect proposal and he even managed to incorporate my 2-year-old German Shepherd with wedding bells and all into the mix. In 2015, I am looking forward to marrying my best friend in Newport, RI and finishing my master’s degree for Air Command and Staff College for the USAF.”
“I am currently living in Los Angeles and working as a TV host and red carpet correspondent where I interview actors, singers, directors, producers, etc.,” writes Ashley Daniels (BA). “Most recently, I was on the red carpet of the Prime Time Emmy Awards, the BET Awards [and] the SAG nominations announcement.” Ashley works for Maria Menounos’ After Buzz TV network as the main host for numerous online after-shows and conducts interviews for a segment called Spotlight On. “Afterbuzz is producing a show I created and will produce on their newest network launching in 2015. My interviews with Catt Sandler of E! News and Mark Steines of Entertainment Tonight have been featured in the most recent issue of Focus magazine and I am also on Reelz every week discussing a breakdown of their newest reality show. I owe anything and everything I have accomplished to my education and incredible mentors at Suffolk. I cannot tell you how many times a day I refer back to lessons I was taught both in the classrooms and at the internships Suffolk helped me attain at Hill Holiday and Arnold Worldwide.”
Haley Howell (BSBA) and Evan Lena (BS) were married on August 14, 2014 in Easton, MA. They are pictured “celebrating with many of our Suffolk alum friends.”
Pilgrim Memorial State Park named Rosana Wan (BA) as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding New Interpreter Award. Department of Conservation and Recreation Regional Interpretive Coordinator Amy Wilmot writes that “Her ability to comprehend the vast amount of history that surrounds Plymouth Rock, while encapsulating what it means to be a servant to the public, is nothing short of remarkable…She has diligently gathered enough information in such a short period of time that most would have thought she was in charge of the park.”
“Being a student athlete at Suffolk has given me the opportunity to get recruited to play professional hockey in France,” reports Paul A. Weisser (BS). “Now in my second season, I am playing for Annecy in the second division. The city is in the Rhone Alps region. I am also enrolled at Universite Savoie where I am taking French lessons for my French A1 certificate diploma. Hockey has given me the opportunity to live in another country, learn another language, and make lasting relationships. My experience of immersing myself in a different culture has been a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“Hey, Suffolk,” writes Nicole Der Ananian (BSBA). “My career has been a roller coaster, exciting but hectic. I ended up working in the architecture/design/engineering industry for a little over a year. Yes, this was totally different from what I studied (marketing major). However, there’s a caveat to that: I obtained some phenomenal project management skills and learned how to juggle and multitask like you wouldn’t believe! Coincidentally, my office window was directly facing the Sawyer Building. This January, I moved into the investment banking industry as a client associate with a phenomenal team at Merrill Lynch. Needless to say, I love it so far. I recently visited Los Angeles to visit friends, family and to celebrate my 28th birthday. Later this year my sister is getting married and I’ll be travelling to Las Vegas for her last hurrah pre-wife status.”
Frank J. Realin (MS) has written the book Diving Deep: How to Find Truth in a Sea of Lies, Bias, Spins, Scams and Fraud.
Professor Henry Ormonde (MBA) would like to hear from any student or faculty member “from when I was full-time faculty at [Sawyer] Business School, 1969-75.”
Harry Barash (MS) earned an MA from Webster University and a Ph.D. from St. Louis University, degrees he earned while serving as an Air Force officer from 1968 to 1988. He retired as a Lt. Col. in Florida.
Alan Cohen (MED, MBA ’81, BA ’70) was elected to the NH House of Representatives in November 2014. He represents Hillsborough District 30 in Nashua.
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) has recognized Rev. Susan G. Turley (MS), Associate Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor and Chaplain at the Department of Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System, as 2014 NAPW Professional Woman of the Year. She is a longstanding member of the American Counselling Association and founded a nonprofit ministry for those affected by AIDS. Rev. Turley is the proud mother of PFC Keith Jesse Moore who died while serving in the Army in Iraq in 2006. Her film, Broken Hearts Lifted Spirits: Mothers of the Fallen Speak Their Truth, is about mothers who have lost children in a war.
Robert M. Hubbard (MBA) has introduced a new volume of poetry that he is making available free to the Suffolk community. “This is a personal journey, expressed in something of a therapeutic expression of a father’s response to his son’s self-death in 1985,” he explains. “It does not conform to much of the pop-psychology writing found on bookstore shelves, but it is something more unique in expression and especially in honest reflection of finding deep resources for coping and healing.” For more information, email email@example.com.
“I’m officially retiring from the Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Administration) after more than 40 years of service,” writes Steven Press (MPA). “I worked as a psychotherapist with veterans who had to deal with both drug as well as PTSD problems. Once retired, I look forward to starting a blog that will introduce people with historical aspects of the Judeo-Christian religion.”
Paula Scott Dehetre (MPA) will retire from the Virginia Community College System office, Workforce Development Services, this spring after a career in public service spanning more than 34 years, including 26 with state agencies for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Following retirement, Dehetre will take over as project director for a $12 million U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund grant to implement the Working Families Success Network model in One Stop Career Centers across Virginia.
John M. Lynch (EMBA) was elected to the Wentworth Institute of Technology Board of Trustees. Lynch is the Vice President of Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management at Staples, Inc.. Earlier in his career, he directed real estate, site acquisition and new store development and construction procurement activities for The Ground Round, Inc.
In January, David Riese (MBA) published a novel, Echo from Royal Mountain. The story is based on a conversation Riese had with an elderly woman about her courtship as a working class 18-year-old with a handsome wealthy man in 1951 Montreal. “A shocking revelation changed her life forever,” Riese says. “I couldn’t get the ending of her story out of my mind. With her help, the story became the kernel of truth that brought the novel to life.”
“This month, myself and three other alumni (plus one non-graduating attendee) ran the Army 10-Miler in Washington D.C. wearing our Suffolk University shirts,” reports Mark Fallon (MPA, BA ’85). “Not only are we Suffolk alumni, we’re also members of the 1986 Suffolk University ROTC class, receiving our US Army commissions together at the State House. The event was a double-reunion.” (In photo: Brian Hayes BSBA ’86, Steve Herring BA ’86, Mark Fallon BA ’85, MPA ’87, Dan Parks BA ’86 and John Callahan).
Eileen F. Holzman (MBA), a financial planner with Centinel Financial Group, LLC in Needham Heights, MA, was named a 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager from an independent survey conducted by Five Star Professional. The award recognizes a select group of wealth managers in the Boston area who excel in quality service and client retention. The long-time Andover, MA resident is a multi-year consecutive winner of the award. Her selection was announced in the February 2015 issue of Boston Magazine.
“I recently released a book with my wife, Adriana, titled S.W.A.K., a novel of ultimate betrayal,” reports George Sifakis (MSPS).
Robin Turner Hooks (MPA) married Lindsay D. Hooks on March 21, 2014. Following a honeymoon in Greece and Dubai, they relocated to Hampton, VA from Fairfax, VA. Robin was a sales manager at BMW/MINI of Sterling where she worked for over 9 years. Currently she plans to pursue a career in local government while working on her Ph.D. in counseling and mental health.
The Jackson Laboratory has promoted Auro Nair (EMBA) to General Manager of Jax Mice, Clinical and Research Services. The Jackson Laboratory is “an independent, non-profit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor, Maine. Nair, his wife and their two children live in West Hartford, CT.
Sara Brett (MAGD) has been promoted to Senior Art Director at George P. Johnson Experience Marketing.
“Hard to believe our twins are 7 years old,” writes Adrienne J. Donovan (MED) who teaches in the Rockland, MA Public School system. “Turning young minds onto Spanish language and fine art. Life is good.”
“You invited nine and 900 showed up,” quipped former MA Governor Deval Patrick at the swearing in ceremony for Charlotte Golar Richie (MBA) as a commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). Golar Richie had invited just family and a small group of friends but her years in government had legislators and staff coming out of the woodwork to show their support.
Earlier this year, Natalia Musatova (MA) traveled to Israel for the first time “and enjoyed every minute of it.” Natalia has a new job at a Boston-based start-up, Flashnotes.com as a marketing specialist. She continues to pursue her love of theater auditioning for community productions and attending local shows. Natalia also took a cruise to the Bahamas, where she got to swim with the stingrays and visit Nassau and Coco Cay. She also went to the Everglades National Park in Florida where she “befriended a three year-old alligator who decided not to come back with her to Boston.”
“We are overjoyed to announce the arrival of our little girl, Evelyn Pupek Cimicchi!” reports Andrea Pupek Cimicchi (MBA). “She was born March 28, 2015. We are so in love! Daddy, mommy & baby Evelyn are doing well and resting.” Evelyn’s birth is just the latest chapter in a fascinating love (and business) story that began with a class project at Sawyer Business School and made its way to her present home of Orvieto, Italy. For the delightful and delicious details, read Andrea's story.
Nancy Galindo-Rodriguez (MPA) and her husband, Benny Rodriguez, celebrated the birth of their second child, Joaquin Luis Rodriguez, on March 24, 2014. Joaquin was welcomed by big sister, Zelia.
Christopher West (MBA) was promoted to Director of Product Strategy at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for managing a pipeline of new and emerging product concepts. He will also lead a product development team in generating, screening and prioritizing new ideas.
The Internal Revenue Service recommended and the Department of Treasury approved the selection of Steven Belec (MPA) to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) and represent the residents of Massachusetts. The TAP is a federal advisory committee charged with providing taxpayer suggestions to improve IRS customer service. Steven was selected from nearly 500 interested individuals from across the country that applied during an open recruitment period last spring or the pool of alternate members who applied in prior years. Taxpayers and fellow Rams can contact Steve at improveirs.org.
Laura Piscopo (MPA, BA ’02) was selected as one of fourteen fellows as part of the Women’s Leadership Program. The one-year program kicked off at the State House on September 30, 2014 with then Governor Deval Patrick welcoming the inaugural group. Laura, a veteran, is assigned to the Department of Veterans’ Services as Director of Administration and Programming.
Johanna Rincon Fernandez (MSPS) recently became an Assistant Director at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program based at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Johanna works with college students and activists interested in reproductive and social justice.
David Cherny (JD) was selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2015.” He is a partner in the Boston law firm of Atwood & Cherny, P.C. where he concentrates his practice in the area of complex matrimonial and family litigation at the trial and appellate court levels.
“Broad smiles and bitter tears intermingled by turns as the St. Augustine congregation remembered John E. Fenton, Jr. HLLD’11 during his recent funeral service,” writes Dino M. Colucci (JD). “How do you bury a giant?” the celebrant rhetorically asked the gathered mourners who were comprised of family, a lifetime supply of friends and more lawyers than were in attendance in any Massachusetts courtroom at that same hour. Not unlike the law professor’s well-worn technique of stimulating thought in the classroom, the priest’s inquiry got me thinking about exactly what made Judge Fenton so beloved by so many. I looked around the colossal church and saw the pews filled with a genuine conglomerate of old and young, black and white, well-heeled and less fortunate, all uniformly grieving for the loss of this one man. The mourners in attendance may have been disparate but there remained much upon which they could readily agree: a good man had died, their lives had been enriched beyond measure for having known him or the kindness that he so routinely dispensed.”
Jane Durkin Samuels (JD) serves as Communications Director for the non-profit Attachment Trauma Network. ATN’s focus is supporting, educating and advocating on behalf of families and caregivers raising children from “hard pasts.” As a parent of three children, the youngest of whom suffered from early life neglect and trauma, Jane knows first-hand the important role that relationship and nurturing play in development, as well as the profound impact when it does not exist. She writes that she also knows what it feels like to be alone in this parenting journey and this is what drew her to work for ATN.
Paula A. Aylward (JD) has been honored with two awards for outstanding legal work. Aylward was recognized as one of the top 30 female lawyers in Michigan by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly. The Foster Care Review Board also presented her with a 2014 Child Welfare Award. Aylward began her career as Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York and also has worked with Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights. Over more than 25 years as a practicing attorney, her practice has included civil litigation, criminal defense, and extensive appeals work.
David Niose (JD) released a new book, Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason, in December.
Janelle Malafronte Snarsky (JD, BSBA ’87) has joined Johnny Drama of A&E’s Wahlburgers as a vocalist in his band. Snarsky and Drama worked together in a local band, “After Dark,” more than 25 years ago and are happy to be gigging together again.
Christine Gallery (JD) was promoted to Senior Vice President, Planning and Chief Strategy Officer at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA, where she has held senior positions since 1996. Additionally, the Society for Healthcare Market and Strategy Development of the American Hospital Association named her 2015 board president.
“Stepping down from the Massachusetts legislature after five terms representing Salem,” reports John Keenan (JD). “I was recently appointed General Counsel and Vice President for Administration at Salem State University. My responsibilities include legal, capital planning and facilities, public safety, risk management, information technology and human resources. My wife, Kara, and I are still living in Salem, raising our two children, Aidan (15) and Erin (13).”
Big news on the home and work fronts for Thomas F. Tallmadge (JD): Tom was named partner in the Atlanta office of Culhane Meadows PLLC. His practice specializes in commercial contract matters, technology, and intellectual property. He and his wife, Samia, are expecting twin girls in April.
Mark J. Maier (JD) was promoted to Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Army North’s Emergency Preparedness Officer for Maryland, and handed over command of the 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion after tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany. As a civilian, he is a partner with McGuire Woods LLP in Tysons Corner, VA where he specializes in government contracts, telecommunications, technology and intellectual property. He lives on a horse farm in Maryland with his wife and their two children.
Renee C. Bauer (JD) has written Percy’s Imperfectly Perfect Family, a book to help children talk about their fears and concerns concerning divorce. This is the third book for the family and matrimonial attorney who practices in Hamden, CT.
“After practicing wrongful death litigation for Sheff Law Offices, P.C. in Boston, I left the firm in 2009 to try my hand in the private sector,” writes Justin R. Cook (JD). “When I co-founded C-4 Analytics, our goal was to bring transparency to the advertising industry. A few years later, C-4 Analytics has earned the reputation as one of the top digital marketing by blending proven marketing strategies with the evolving science of accountable analytics. Last year, C-4 was named the 3rd fastest growing company in Massachusetts and the 69th fastest growing company in America by /i/Inc. 500/i/ magazine. We were also the recipient of the Hire Power Award for job creation.”
“I would like to send a message to my former LLM classmates from the Budapest program,” writes Linsadro Allende (LLM). “I am pleased to announce my departure from Brons & Salas to form my own law firm, Allende & Ferrante.”